The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Report on Wireless noted in this space approximately 12 months ago that the business case for independent hotspot operators was on shaky ground following the signing of the inter-carrier Wi-Fi roaming agreement last year. We raised not only the need for the independents to build out bigger footprints in a hurry as a result of the deal, but also potential regulatory concerns surrounding the signing of the agreement. We even suggested to Charles Dalfen that there might be anticompetitive issues with respect to the four carriers working together.  The competition concern raised by us last year has only now been validated by a former major player in the Canadian Wi-Fi industry. Mark Wolinsky, former co-CEO of Spotnik Mobile, tells RoW that he thought something smelled funny about the deal because the four carriers were getting together to decide how they were going to play, compete and operate in the Wi-Fi market. It seems logical that if one person raised the issue, others were thinking the same thing. By why wasn’t this concern expressed by them last year? That’s an easy enough answer: you don’t bit the hand that feeds you. Independent operators needed access to customers and the wireless carriers had at the time 13 million of them. So it should come as no surprise that no one would go on the record last year and complain about the deal. Does the fact that the four carriers got together to create "common plumbing" on Wi-Fi roaming mean they are in collusion to eliminate the independents? No. But one of the independents’ former chief executives revelation that he had reservations about the agreement certainly speaks volumes to the situation last year. Talk and buzz of Wi-Fi in Canada has been pretty quiet lately. Not even Telus Mobility hyped its offering of Wi-Fi access payment on subscribers’ cell phone bills. While some may attribute the current state of affairs to the hangover after the hype, others suggest that this is exactly what the carriers wanted. This is going to be revenue for them and they are going to do their utmost to minimize any downward revenue pressure from a potential growing presence of independent operators.